Look closely at this scene from the annual Troutbeck Shrove Tuesday Pancake race and you will see a green figure back along the road (Thank you to Smooth Radio Lake District for this picture.)
Then look at this picture and you will see a uniform identical to that of an Abingdon Town Crier practising his ‘Hear Ye, Hear ye’ in The Lakes. (Thankyou to Roger Davies for this picture).
For twenty years an Abingdon Town Crier has been travelling to Troutbeck to assist in their pancake race, and this year will be his last.
Read all about it in the Westmorland Gazette at https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/18255559.one-last-hurrah-town-crier/
Thank you to the Westmorland Gazette for the picture. I did speak to a reporter who said I could use the picture if they owned it and he would check. So all rights reserved to the original owner. He never got back to me.
After being boarded up following the fire in 2017, the Acacia UK shop, in Bath Street, Abingdon, has been rebuilt.
There are large notices in the 4 windows.
1. The opening will be on Saturday April 4th.
2. They will be taking donations Tuesday-Thursday between 10th March and 1st April.
3. A list of donations they would love to receive. ‘Please do not leave donations on the shop doorstep – this is what caused the fire!’
4. Thank you for all your support and donations …
In Lombard Street, in the centre of Abingdon, there is a Charity that takes you into the heart of the Sumatran rain forest.
Sumatra has lost a lot of its tropical rainforest through deforestation. One of the many species that is endangered is the Orangutan. The SOS Orangutans organisation want people to ‘Help us protect orangutans in the wild, where they belong.’
Visit https://www.orangutans-sos.org/ to see how people in Abingdon can help Orangutans in Sumatra.
Thankyou to Sumatran Orangutans Society – SOS – for the images taken by Andrew Walmsley.